Student Handbook

To understand all of the expectations for Portage Central, please read our 2016-17 Student Handbook.

*Portage Public Schools is undergoing a change with its Policies and Regulations. As these are reviewed and approved, changes to some of the handbook information will take place.  This online version will reflect the most up-to-date information. Any questions in regard to the content of this document should be directed to the building principal.

Some other tips...

Homework requests: If your student is home ill for an extended time, please have your student email his or her teachers directly or check the teacher’s Google site to get assignments by visiting www.portageps.org/schools/high, choose Central High School, Staff Directory, Staff Web Sites.

Pre-arranged/Vacation Homework Requests are available in the attendance office. The 10th day Absence Policy applies not only for all absences that are not school related, but also for all pre-arranged absences, including vacations and college visits.

If your child has an appointment during the day, please provide a note so that your child can come to the attendance office to fill out an Early Dismissal to show to his or her teacher to be dismissed from class at the appropriate time. When your child returns to school, he or she must come back to the Attendance Office to fill out an Admit Slip, allowing them back into class.  Lunch is a part of 5th hour, so absences for appointments during lunch will be charged to 5th hour.

The 10th Day Absence Policy remains in place and is enforced throughout the school year. Please take a moment with your son or daughter to review the policy. If you have any questions, please call your student’s assistant principal. Students with a last name starting with A-K: Jason Frink at 323-5262. Students with a last name starting with L- Z: Kim Lummis at 323-5281.

Students without a lunch pass may not leave campus for lunch with anyone but their parent.  To afford the opportunity for parents to enjoy lunch off campus with their child, we ask that parents come into the building to dismiss their student in person.  An absence will not be charged if a parent comes in person to the attendance office to dismiss their child and no class time is missed.

We understand that emergencies come up and you may need to call in an Early Dismissal ASAP.  Please use discretion when calling in an emergency Early Dismissal to minimize class disruptions.  The folks in the Attendance Office will do everything they can to accommodate you.

We understand that students will forget things at home and will call parents to bring them to school.  Please have the item clearly marked with the student’s name and drop it off at the Welcome Center.  The student will be sent a pass at our normal delivery times to retrieve the item.  Money should be placed in a sealed envelope with the student’s name clearly written on the front. 

All visitors must sign in at the Welcome Center and get a visitor’s pass. At times this might seem like an inconvenience. However, our students’ safety is our number one concern.

What should I wear to school?

As you are shopping for school clothes, we want to remind folks that we believe that student dress is a factor in the establishment of an educational atmosphere and reflects the quality of the school, of student conduct, and of student work.  Please follow these guidelines:

  • Hats/headwear/hoods are not to be worn in the building.
  • No bandanas.
  • Footwear is required.
  • Underwear may not be visible.
  • Clothing will not be permitted which:
  • Advertises or supports drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.
  • Is profane or vulgar.
  • Is revealing, suggestive or otherwise distracting.
  • Is strapless, backless, exposes the midriff, or has low cut armpit holes.

Please help us keep our focus on learning by talking with your son or daughter about what they choose to wear to school. Thanks as always for your support.

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